Robert Gatewood- Founder | Creative Director | Instructor

Robert is a published novelist and screenwriter with more than 10 years experience teaching creative writing.  Most recently, Gatewood taught fiction, non-fiction and screenwriting for the University of Colorado, where he was consistently ranked among the top instructors in the department.  His novel, The Sound of the Trees, highly acclaimed by such publications as The Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly, was a BookSense 76 Selection and listed among the “Best Books of the Southwest” by an association of Independent Bookstore Owners. Gatewood previously held the position of Literary Editor at the quarterly magazine Traffic East. He has been a visiting writer at Wake Forest University and the University of Mississippi, and appeared on such broadcasts as NPR’s Spoken Arts and Thacker Mountain Radio. He is the recipient of MacArthur Foundation and Whiting grants. He has also been awarded fellowships by The MacDowell Colony, Jentel Artist Residency and has twice been in residence at Yaddo, one of the country’s preeminent artistic organizations. Gatewood is at work on his second novel, and is currently negotiating the production of his most recent screenplay.



Christopher David Rosales- Fiction Instructor

Chris is the author of Plata o Plomo, which recently won the McNamara Creative Arts Grant and was short-listed for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award.  He is also a three-time winner of Center of the American West’s Thompson Awardfor Western American Writing. Most recently his work has appeared in Bull: Men’s Fiction and There & Back. Rosales is a Writer-In-Residence at Colorado Humanities Center for the Book. In addition to his position at Boulder Writing Studio, Rosales teaches Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Colorado at Boulder and Denver Metro State College. Most recently, Rosales was named Fiction Editorat SpringGun press. He is currently working on his next novel.


McVeyJames McVey- Non-Fiction Instructor

James is the author of three books, including The Wild Upriver and Other Stories and Martha Maxwell: Natural History Pioneer.  His most recent book, The Way Home: Essays on the Outside West was published in 2010.  Jim’s short stories and essays have appeared in literary journals around the world, including Island, Frontieres, Divide, Sport Literate, Puckerbrush Review, Kinesis, Apostrophe, and Rolling Stock.  He has read his work at the Sorbonne in Paris, and was the featured American author at the Watermark Literary Muster in Australia.  Jim earned an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Colorado, where he has taught courses in literature and creative writing since 1986. He has also worked as an outdoor journalist, wildlife biologist, musician, carpenter, sign painter, and bus driver.  He continues to write both fiction and creative nonfiction.


Elizabeth RobinsonElizabeth Robinson- Poetry & Memoir Instructor

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of 15 books.  Her most recent book, On Ghosts, was a 2013 finalist for the Los Angeles Times book award.  She has also been a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Modern Poets Prize.  Robinson has taught as the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana, at the University of Colorado, Naropa, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.



weaverRachel Weaver- Fiction Instructor
Rachel Weaver has been teaching creative writing classes since 2005. Prior to completing her MFA in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, Rachel worked as a wildlife biologist in Alaska studying songbirds, raptors, and black and brown bears. She is represented by Don Congdon & Associates Literary Agency.  Her novel Point of Direction, recently selected by The American Booksellers Association as one of their Top 10 Debut Authors, will be released by Ig Publishing in May 2014. Rachel’s recent publications include The Ontario Review, Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, Bombay Gin, Inside Passages, Fly Fishing New England, and Alaska Women Speak.


gillman2Melanie Gillman – Graphic Novel & Comics Instructor

Melanie Gillman is a graphic novelist and colored pencil artist living in Denver. She holds an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and has had her comics published in a number of newspapers, magazines and anthologies, including Westword, 7Days, The Sleep of Reason, Queerotica and Cellar Door. In addition to her work The Studio, Melanie also teaches courses on comics and illustration history at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and is currently working on her second graphic novel, which can be read and followed at




shank1Jenny Shank- Fiction Instructor

Jenny is the author of the novel The Ringer (The Permanent Press, 2011). The Ringer was a finalist for the Reading the West Book Awards, sponsored by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, and was a Tattered Cover Book Store Summer Reading 2011 selection. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Onion, Poets & Writers, Boulder Daily Camera, PBS Media Shift, and The Huffington Post. Her writing will appear in a McSweeney’s anthology of political humor to be published by Vintage in 2012. One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another was listed among the “Notable Essays of the Year” in the Best American Essays. She has won writing awards from the Center of the American West, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, SouthWest Writers, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Jenny Shank was the Denver/Boulder Editor of The Onion A.V. Club for six years, and for four years she was the Books & Writers Editor of New West, which was named “Best Literary Blog” in the Westword Best of Denver issue. She has taught creative writing at the University of Colorado, the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the Boulder Writers Workshop. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


carlsonClay Carlson- Fiction Instructor

Clay is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he taught Fiction Writing and studied under Marilynne Robinson, Frank Conroy, Deborah Eisenberg, James Alan McPherson and Robert Cohen.  He lived for six years in Prague, Czech Republic, teaching English and writing at Charles University and mastering the Czech language. In addition, Clay has taught composition at LaGuardia and Aurora Community Colleges. His work ranges from short stories, to essays, to a screenplay adaptation of a Robert Coover novel. He currently lives in Boulder and is finishing a novel.


thomasChris Thomas- YAP Instructor
Chris Thomas is a media writer, screenwriter and senior level creative with over 15 years experience in the field of instructional design and media production. 

Her abiding interest in the development of new, engaging learning methodologies has brought her to the Boulder Writing Studio to help design and coordinate the youth learning programs. She has taught art and English to post-secondary students and is currently consolidating her extensive hands-on experience as she finishes her graduate degree in Instructional Design at the University of Colorado Denver.

She is the recipient of three Alfie Awards including the Judges Choice Award, The National Retail Council’s Heineman Trophy for ground-breaking work in broadcast advertising and the International Television and Video Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. 

Ms. Thomas has focused on designing learning and presentation modules for a diversity of technical areas and national clients. 

Specializing in new media, Chris’ projects include computer animation, electronic and traditional illustration and audio/video and film production.


kannanVani Kannan- YAP Instructor

Vani Kannan moved west from Brooklyn last summer after doing editorial work for 7 years. She’s currently pursuing an MA in English Rhetoric & Composition at Colorado State University, teaching first-year composition, and engaging in thesis research.








treonMatthew Treon- Event & Tech Support

Matthew is an MFA candidate at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Treon is also a contributing writer at The Marquee and reviews books for the online magazine Playback. In addition to his position at Boulder Writing Studio, he teaches Intro to Creative Writing at CU.







Studio Interns

kovachKaleena Kovach is a Colorado (almost) native and a self-proclaimed word-nerd. She is majoring in Creative Writing at CU Boulder, with hopes to become a high school English teacher. She loves spoken word as much as written word, and is the founder and president of Slam Boulder, CU’s slam poetry club/team. Poetry and education are her passions, and the mountains are her solace. She also plays the ukulele.





rebeccaRebecca Henderson is a Colorado native who has been obsessed with books ever since she learned how to read. She is a Creative Writing and German double-degree at CU-Boulder, but when she’s not writing, reading, or studying, she spends her time detailing cars and hopes to one day become a professional driver. Her dream is to write for Car and Driver and make enough money writing review articles to devote herself fully to writing science fiction and fantasy novels . . . and afford that Aston Martin.







mackMackenzie Suess is a Boulder based writer wondering about next steps and visiting the ocean again. She attends CU Boulder for Creative Writing with a focus on fiction, but gets her feet wet with poetry and journalism as well. She’s written for the Denver Voice, shared a stage with various poets through the annual Boulder Body Slam, worked with the online journal The Fat City Review, and is currently in an extended revision process.







Patrycja Humienik is a Polish-American interdisciplinary artivist from Chicago, now based in Boulder. Her ammo of choice: the literary arts, dance, voice, piano & the art of translation. She is the Arts & Culture writer for Twine Collective, Director of Education and Performance Arts Programming with BolderLife Foundation, and a collaborator with Language of Fish Collective Arts and the You & Me Project.


(Image courtesy of: Heather Gray Photography)